University of Alberta

Executive Director and Mactaggart Chair, China Institute

President's Office

Competition No.  -    A106220053
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The University of Alberta (U of A) is seeking an Executive Director and Mactaggart Chair for the China Institute (CIUA).  This position will be offered a tenure-track or tenured position in a related faculty.

 CIUA was conceived to be an intellectual and policy leader, and is envisioned to become one of the world’s top ten institutes for the study of contemporary China. With an endowment of $37 million, and the capacity to fundraise and leverage significant additional resources, the China Institute is in a fortunate position. As a centre for research on connections, junctures, and relationships that are forming between China, Alberta, and Canada, the CIUA aims to attract a dynamic community of scholars who will cluster into interdisciplinary and collaborative groups which analyze and identify the nature of the past, current, and future relationships between China, Canada and the world. CIUA’s goal is to provide the best thinking on the future of China, specifically in policy areas where the U of A and Alberta have a competitive advantage by virtue of strategic assets and expertise.

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This is an exceptional opportunity to build on a strong foundation, and to provide leadership to the development of a globally significant centre on the study of contemporary China. The Executive Director and Mactaggart Chair will develop a dynamic vision which engages industry, governments, and other academic institutions in its activities. He/she will build a world class research program, and advance the University of Alberta’s reputation for excellence in research, scholarship and policy on China. The Executive Director will report to the President on strategic issues and to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) on operational issues.

The ideal candidate for Executive Director will possess a proven track record as an international scholar of contemporary China, at a level commensurate with appointment at a senior academic rank. This challenging role demands significant experience working with Chinese universities, organizations, and/or agencies and a strong network of connections and relationships in China. The Executive Director must be extremely skilled in external relations (working with governments, media, industry and other partners), and have demonstrated the ability to motivate and inspire others to support and participate in the initiatives of the Institute.  In addition, he/she must be fluent in standard modern Chinese.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of the top 100 public teaching and research universities in the world, dedicated to the founding president’s promise of “uplifting the whole people” through knowledge. The University serves some 39,000 students with more than 15,000 faculty and staff. Founded a century ago, the University has an annual budget in excess of $1.7 billion and attracts more than $460 million in sponsored research revenue. It offers close to 400 undergraduate and graduate programs in 18 faculties across five campuses.

The new Executive Director and Mactaggart Chair will take office as soon as possible. The Search Committee will begin consideration of candidates in the summer of 2013. Applications and nominations should be submitted, in confidence, to Colleen Keenan or Jason Murray at                                                                                                        

How to Apply


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.